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Sierra Thumper 10-30-2012 03:55 AM

Full face street helmet vs moto style helmet for dual-sport riding
So just wondering how you guys feel about full face street helmets vs moto style helmets for dual sport riding? I've been using full face street style helmets for so long, I prefer the full coverage, wind tight quieter feel of them over the open, noiser, colder. goggles over the eyes moto style.

RFVC600R 10-30-2012 04:35 AM

Depends what you're doing, riding style etc. etc.
I use a Fox V1. It's hot out here in during the summer. And I would suffocate with in a full face helmet riding through whoops. If the helmet fits properly it should be almost as proctective as a full face in a spill on the asphalt.

byron555 10-30-2012 04:40 AM

Uh.... dual sport helmets?
I have gone to a DS helmet. Face shield, and able to use goggles.... Looks like a MX helmet

nivag 10-30-2012 05:27 AM

i'm only a recent convert so using a old street full face helmet at the moment, will look at different once funds permit, probably a dual-sport style with visor.

broncobowsher 10-30-2012 06:06 AM

I like a full face street helmet when riding on the street, not so much when the dust kicks up. But the street helmet sure is nicer (wind, buffeting, drag) when at highway speeds.

It is a matter of picking what is appropriate for the riding you are going to be doing. There is no single helmet that works best everywhere. If there was then we wouldn't need this poll, again.

Ruffus 10-30-2012 06:08 AM

Depends on the ride. I use a moto, dual sport, or street helmet. Since I got the Dual Sport helmet I rarely use my street helmet though.

blake716 10-30-2012 08:06 AM

I use this because I ride a lot more off road, but I'd like to get a dual sport helmet for longer rides with more road miles.
Something like a Fly Trekker maybe. That off road helmet can be a bitch when you get above 65 mph.

FlyGuy 10-30-2012 08:19 AM

Street helmet should work for most DS riders
Warmer in colder weather, Quieter and less wind drag especialy in cross winds.

DS helmet for speeds up to 70 MPH or so, the visor is a big help in low sun angles, like sun up or down (safer) greater visibility to the imediate ground.
More draggy and a nuisance in high cross wind or buffeting conditions

Motocross helmet for hot weather 80+degrees mostly used when in all dirt conditions with lower speeds and lower gearing or used to keep cooler in any hot conditions.
Verry draggy and a real pain at higher speeds especially in cross winds
But if hot enough may offset the wind issues

This is on a bike with no wind screen and my personal experiance.

smokin moses 10-30-2012 09:29 AM

smokin moses
i use a full face that i can flip up.the helmet works great to reduce wind noise at higher speeds,so don't my ear plugs.but when i,m in traffic or slow riding class 4 roads i leave it flipped up because it's cooler and in traffic i can see better with less blind spots.

TNkayaker 10-30-2012 10:03 AM

Dirt helmet with goggles. Light sensitive lens, and I put in earplugs when I am on the slab. In cold weather I often cover the helmet's vents with gaffers tape. If I get heated up on the trail, I pull the tape, stick it elsewhere on the helmet, and re-cover the vents when I hit the slab again.

Velociraptor 10-30-2012 10:07 AM

I use the Arai XD4 dual sport helmet. Works great in most situations. The only time I have trouble is riding trails in cold weather when I get fogging and condensation even with an anti-fog shield. In those cases I usually carry some goggles and flip up the shield and use goggles. I have a Klim helmet and it requires goggles but is very noisy for highway riding. I may use it next time I ride in Baja though as it is very light and well ventilated.

SBG 10-30-2012 10:11 AM

I run an Arai XD3, but they just came out with the XD4, and I think a dualsport helmet is the way to go. Goggles or face shield, up to the rider.

CA Stu 10-30-2012 11:43 AM

If you are dual sporting and you get caught in the rain / snow with a helmet with no shield, your nose will be stinging.

I have an XD.

Not really a Thumpers topic...

GotMojo? 10-30-2012 11:48 AM

I've tried the MX helmet with goggles, and I'm sure it has its place, but I switched to a Shoei DS Hornet with a shield that flips up. With goggles, I was always having bees and bugs sneek by the goggles and get inside the helmet... drove me nuts. Don't have to worry about that now. Oh, and a lot more wind noise with goggles... my Shoei is pretty quiet.

Sierra Thumper 10-30-2012 02:42 PM

Great responses so far guys, thanks

Originally Posted by byron555 (Post 19930379)
I have gone to a DS helmet. Face shield, and able to use goggles.... Looks like a MX helmet

I've never ran that style of helmet, just the moto style with goggles or a full face street style. I might need to give one a try :thumb Thats why I was curious on folks feedback :D
I have a couple moto style helmets, but always seem to end up taking my street helmet regardless of the bike I'm riding.....

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